With carnival in St. Kitts & Nevis now officially on its way, the committee responsible for the annual festival is sending a final reminder and caution to bands and calypsonians about the quality of their lyrics.
In a statement issued over the weekend, the National Carnival Committee, NCC, called on the artistes to ensure that they prepare “radio-friendly” versions of their songs.
The warning is not only for music played on the radio and television but also on the road, during the Parade Day and J’ouvert activities.
The NCC said that the artistes need to take responsibility to avoid the broadcast of lyrics that are lewd and or distasteful.
They said this is a requirement, if artistes expect their music to be played at events organized by the Committee, and that this is in keeping with the rules and regulations already established and shared with participants.
Any artiste that fails to comply, warns the Committee, would have immediate action taken against them.
They said that during any competition, whether on the stage or street, any music containing lewd or distasteful language will be disqualified.
This is the 47th year of carnival in St. Kitts and Nevis.